On a day filled with some of the biggest hockey news in years, the Sabres made a transaction. Comparatively, it's a minor one, but they hope it pays big dividends.
Buffalo has agreed to a two-year contract extension with defenseman Casey Nelson. He will make $650,000 in each season.
The Sabres signed Nelson as a college free agent late last season, and he recorded four assists in seven games. The 23-year-old was one of most sought-after collegians on the market after putting up six goals and 22 assists for Minnesota State Mankato.
Nelson, promised a spot on the roster last season upon signing, will compete for playing time and a roster spot on the right side next year.
Before Nelson signed, Tampa Bay negotiated a new deal with Steven Stamkos, Montreal traded P.K. Subban for Shea Weber, and Edmonton shipped Taylor Hall to New Jersey for Adam Larsson.